Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Los Angeles = BRING A CAR. Seriously. The buses are horrible and slow, and the metro transit does not really service the downtown area.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Los Angeles is sunny, beautiful, and warm. No snow days here! Points off for terrible smog and rainy season in Jan-Feb.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: With such a huge school, it's impossible to throw everything into this broad column. I went to the Theatre School, which was a great experience but a little too large to really give all its students a lot of attention. You need to be a go-getter, and take advantage of the Los Angeles setting. For example, do student films! You're alongside the #1 film school in the country. And take internships! Don't worry about who gets what part in the school play. It doesn't matter.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I feel like this is kind of an irrelevant question when it comes to USC. It's so big. Do they break up frat parties with LAPD police helicopters? Yes, they do. Can you get away with whatever you want behind closed doors? Pretty much. It's 30,000 people. You've got to live and let live with those kinds of numbers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It's Los Angeles. There's amazing food. You just have to be able to drive out of downtown to get it!

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity but not enough. When you look around you see who is the minority.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: There are tons of fraternities and sororities on campus tailored to fit every student's needs! Panhellenic and InterFraternity Council offers the typical 'social' experience, professional fraternities and sororities cross social and academic prowess, and non-panhallenic fraternities (sorry I forget the exact name) and sororities exist for specialized members -ex ADXi and AGO are Christian Greek organizations.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: If you're into drugs there are places to find what you're looking for but its also easy to have fun and go to parties where no alcohol or drugs are present. People are usually pretty nice about it and if you do or don't want to do anything, students usually are good about respecting your decisions (just like any school, it does depend on the people however)

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Dining Halls like Parkside and EVK are not that great but there are some really awesome restaurants on campus (everything from California Pizza Kitchen to Starbucks to Ground Zero Performance Cafe-which has incredible milkshakes!). If you have to do dining halls pick Cafe 84 but be cognizant of what restaurants your meal plan covers.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Every class I have the students are all so different in many ways such as race, sexual orientation, and religion. Maybe it is just my major but everyone is very strong and holds their ground on their beliefs but they never cross the line of intolerance or ignorance.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options if you're willing to pay a small fortune (at least $800 a month for a shared room) and commit 6 months in advance. For all the money you do get some pretty nice facilities though. Unfortunately, living like a prince is basically your only option.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Like any school, there are good and bad professors and easy and hard classes. If you want to whiz by without doing any work that's possible, but you can also get a first rate education. Ive tailored my classes so that I work one on one with a professor every semester, and study in classes mostly fewer than 10 people, but if you want that kind of attention you have to be willing to put serious effort into your classes.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's southern california. It's 75 degrees in january. Not to say you can't find the cold if you want it though, last semester I went to the beach in the morning and skiing in the evening.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Parkside has great food. But the other two dining halls are not that great. Not as much variety.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation, like the buses, Dash and Metro are convenient and pretty cheap, but they can be a little sketchy. Taxis are expensive but nice. USC provides campus cruiser to take students home at night within about a mile of campus, which is a super great program, but the wait can be a bit long on a weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is great on campus, but the prices are not. The meal plans help a little, but them being mandatory for freshman is a pain and kind of a waste. The Campus Center and smaller cafes around campus are stellar though.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is an amazing city. While you can criticize it on the basis of safety, you can work around that and USC goes above and beyond (sometimes too far) in providing safety to its students. As far as activities go, we're within easy walking distance of both the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum, and both are free for USC students. And we're only a couple minutes from downtown and LA Live for your shopping and entertainment needs, or a half hour from Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some of it is really good, but its also very expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very strong. It's probably a notch down from the Ivy League. Very rigorous curriculum. Definitely a top 25 school in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Social scene is awesome. There isn't another college in America that parties and works harder than USC.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Amazing facilities. Very accessible. Very clean campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus itself is beautiful. There are a lot of green spaces and places to relax. The libraries are very nice on the inside and out. Doheney is our library that brings back memories of hogwarts. The campus center is only two years old and is a great place to hang out with friends or get some homework done. The gym is clean and has adequate equipment to work out, but is small compared to the amount of people that go there every day. I have also been pleased with the classrooms and lecture halls I've been in so far. Although this may not be a deciding factor in a college decision, the chairs are comfortable and rooms are high-tech.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is pretty vibrant. So much to do on a friday night. You can go to open mic nights at Ground Zero. Go to Tommy's Place to watch live shows or watch football games on saturday. Vision and Voices always has something to send students to go see and experience the arts and humanities of los angeles. The athletic center is pretty exclusive to the athletes but the gym at the Lyon center is what alot of people use to work out. The libaries are usually filled to the brim around finals but on a regular basis, it's a moderate number of students in there especially in Leavey. Conquest is every year and that is basically the USC v UCLA football game and that's a whole week of the rallies, the burning of the bruin, a concert/performance by a popular artist and of course, pranks. It's fun.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The culture of students at USC is very go-getter, goal oriented, and network type of feel. Therefore that causes the students to be very one track minded, offstandish and often fake. I'm used to the atmosphere at my high school where everyone is hugging and saying hi to each other so when i first came here, and when i smiled at someone walking the opposite way, they would dart their eyes away or completely ignore you. However, there are some very rich and beautiful people here. The social life is revolved around parties around the row usually, with exceptions of people actually exploring the awesome parts of LA and this is a very HOOKUP culture.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You need a permit to park on campus or in the parking garages off campus, or in the apartment garages that are univerisity owned. It's less expensive the farther you park away from campus, but then the parking structure near jefferson is so far, that theres no point in parking because you can just basically make the 10 minute walk other places. The cheapest price i've heard so far is $200 a semester. DPS constantly checks for permits in parking lots, so if you dont buy one, expect to be ticketed.


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BJ Grip
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Students from Southern California usually love USC from the beginning and strengthen their bonds with the school as time passes. Students who travel to USC from longer distances tend to adapt more slowly, dealing at first with the culture shock that inevitably comes with a first impression of LA. Universally, those who can survive the transition into the USC way of life fall in love with the school after first semester. Typically, students entering school with a skeptical mind-set ends up getting the most pride out of being a Trojan. At the very least, they come away with a new affinity toward college football.

The opportunities on campus are plentiful, and in LA, opportunities are endless. Time flies for everyone at USC, and changes in living conditions, academic standards, and career goals come quicker than newcomers might expect. USC graduates are sure to look back on a college experience that could not have been offered anywhere else. Basically, the more that students are willing to explore the opportunities available to them, the more they endorse the idea that USC is the perfect school for its time and place.

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